With spring and summer being just around the corner, I have decided to add dry brushing to my beauty routine to prepare my skin for the warmer season (better to start early). I like to introduce new habits to my daily routine one at a time, because in my experience if I start too many things at once, I never follow through. Brushing your body is as quick and easy as brushing your teeth, it only takes 5 mintes in the morning, so it shouldn’t be too hard to stick with.
Dry brushing is said to have many benefits, not only for your skin, but for your whole body. It improves blood circulation, gets rid of dead skin cells and helps your body lotion penetrate deeper and, if it’s your thing, your fake tan to look more even. It also stimulates lymphatic drainage, gets rid of toxins and rejuvenates the nervous system of the skin. It’s even said to help improve muscle tone and reduce cellulite. It may sound too good to be true, but it’s practically free ( I got my brush on E-bay for a steal) so it doesn’t hurt to give it a try.
I like to do my skin brushing in the morning before I hit the shower (the water helps wash away the excess dead skin cells). If I can’t make time in the morning I still try to avoid doing it at night as body brushing feels very stimulating. I can definitely feel an energy boost afterwards.
The way I do it is that I start at my ankles and brush in light, upward strokes, towards my heart (because that’s the way the lymph flows naturally). I do the same with my arms, stomach and back. After trying it I can definitely confirm that I feel very energized afterwards. I could feel a tingling sensation in my skin (increased blood circulation) and it also feels very smooth to touch. All in all, I’m happy with the results so far and I will definitely try my best to keep at it, as you have to stick with it for a while to see the long term results.